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June 10, 2018

It's Time to End Mandated Summer Assignments

Let's spend more time in school promoting a culture of curiosity and learning that transcends school, not because we want to grade kids on it or give them extra credit or punish them for not doing it, but because learning for the sake of learning is its own reward. We can foster a love of reading in so many different ways.

June 05, 2018

Helping Students Make Reading Predictions

By Jackie Andrejko and Starr Sackstein Peeking into the room, I see students attentively gathered on the rug, sitting before their teacher who is animated while she explains the activity they are about to start. Students eagerly wait for the cue to get up and move to their stations. They have small,...

April 29, 2018

School Librarians Are Rockstar Resources

School librarians are vital to student learning as early as kindergarten. The exposure alone to books and experiencing the atmosphere young can really set up a positive connection to learning in all forms.

April 24, 2018

State Tests Do Not Assess Student Learning

No two people can fit into the same boxes in a multiple choice test and by using these methods of assessment, we are reducing children and young adults to quantifiable measures for efficiency and ease.

April 10, 2018

Here's What One 8th Grader Thinks About Report Cards

Grades don't communicate learning, even the students are starting to see that. Read on to see one student's take on report cards and why they fail at assessing student learning.

April 08, 2018

Teach World Language Students to Provide Peer Feedback

Guest blogger Laura Smiley shares how she uses peer feedback in her French classrooms and the impact it has had on student learning. Read on to see how a simple shift in typical language learning can produce amazing results.

April 03, 2018

Creating Epic Moments With Playful Formative Assessment

Guest blogger Michael Matera shares about gamification and making learning playful for students. Read to learn how to bring play into your classrooms.

March 22, 2018

Authentic Learning Begins With Student-Designed Curriculum

As the world becomes more globally connected and the information is to be gathered from a multitude of places, teachers shouldn't have to compete with these other formats to help students learn. Teachers should be engaging students with the tools they are already using, expanding their use and knowledge of the formats and letting kids choose their own adventures. The new role of the teacher is as the facilitator of learning, collaborator, and resource to the students who often have different knowledge that can help inform teaching.

March 18, 2018

Empowering Students Through Turbulent Times

Guest blogger Greg Fredricks shared how his district involved students in the process to handle March 14 in a safe and meaningful way.

March 04, 2018

Fostering a Reading Community With FlipGrid

One thing is clear when reading is presenting in a way that students enjoy, the love of the written word is nurtured. The more we give students the opportunity to choose what they are reading and then allow them to be creative in how they share what they've read, the more they will persist in their reading.

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